California researchers find themselves in a conundrum after discovering a cute tiny octopus in Monterey Bay. The fist-size cephalopod requires a Latin species designation and “Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis” seems appropriate, researchers say.
There is still little that researchers know about the fist-sized cephalopod. But regardless of what scientists may or may not know, the sweet little octopus is adorable.
According to Stephanie Bush, a member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, scientists have been studying the flap-jack octopus. In fact, after a year’s worth of study, Bush is now finally prepared to submit a report to the scientific review in charge of conferring a name to this adorable creature.
“New species are discovered every year, not all of them get described, it can take a lot of time, years sometimes,” Bush explains.
Other species have already been given the “adorable” designation, the researcher explains, including the Lophornis adorabilis (also known as the white crested coquette, a hummingbird species belonging to the Trochiliadae Family).
Taking into consideration that a precedent has been set when it comes to the designation, Bush sees no impediment to naming this sweet cephalopod “adorabilis”. Not only is the name easy to pronounce and remember, she explains, but it is also sure to be extremely popular with the public.
Until now, researchers have only managed to study 12 representatives from the soon-to-be “adorabilis” species. All 12 individuals were females, researchers explain. This minuscule creature spends the majority of its time sitting on sediment.
According to Dr. Bush, the small octopus moves when looking for food or mates.
Dr. Bush’s team has been attempting to hatch octopus eggs in their laboratory, however the process is grueling. She explains that cold ocean temperatures make the process develop particularly slowly. They expect the eggs to hatch in approximately two or three years.
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